What are cannabis edibles, and what are their effects?

Cannabis edibles: what they are and effects

A short journey to discover cannabis edibles.

If you are not new to the world of cannabis, you probably already know what we are talking about. But if not, fear not. Read on, and you will get your answers!

Cannabis edibles, as their name suggests, are all those products that allow you to experience the effects of marijuana through ingestion in countries that will enable it.

You got that right! There is a category of edible cannabis products.

Let’s look at which ones they are and what kind of effect they can have on those who ingest them.

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What are edibles? What advantages do they have?

Marijuana edibles affect your body through the digestive system. The effects of taking cannabis in this way are slightly different, especially concerning duration. But more on this later.

There are various ways to ingest marijuana, and among the most popular are undoubtedly biscuits, brownies and muffins. However, almost any food lends itself to being fortified with cannabis products or infused with it.

Hemp biscuits

Before moving on to the practical side and explaining the main techniques, I would like to tell you about the advantages of choosing to ingest cannabis.

Let’s start by saying that ingesting cannabis has more powerful and long-lasting effects.

As I told you initially, this modality involves the active ingredients entering the bloodstream through digestion. This process takes longer than when cannabis is smoked or vapourised instead.

To be more explicit, if you choose to try this type of product, you will have to wait longer than usual to start feeling the effects, which will manifest themselves more gradually and last longer.

As a rule, the concentration of cannabinoids in these products is higher than in some joints. In addition, the digestive process involves a transformation in the liver, which will modify the THC, making it more potent and able to cross the blood-brain barrier.

But the advantages of cannabis edibles do not end there.

A further plus point is the ease of dosage management. Usually, the most popular method of controlling the quantity taken is to count the number of puffs one has taken. However, this method proves quite challenging to implement since it depends directly on the amount put into the joint or vaporizer.

Instead, by choosing edibles, if the country you live in allows their sale, you can rely on labels, which must necessarily indicate the precise amount of cannabinoids contained within the single serving, making your experience much more controlled.

Dosing homemade edibles may not be that simple, but it will be more so than regulating yourself by smoking a joint.

Resorting to edibles can also provide you with a discretion that is impossible to achieve by resorting to more traditional methods.

Even today, unfortunately, cannabis users suffer the community’s judgment, whether they use it recreationally or medically. And in this case, edibles are the ideal solution, guaranteeing the possibility of discreet and odourless consumption.

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But how long does the effect of edibles last?

Bue to their path to travel within the body, cannabinoids take much longer to enter the bloodstream when ingested.

The cannabinoids contained in cannabis

As a rule, a wait of half an hour to an hour is required. So be patient, and don’t try to speed up the process by adding meat to the fire. You might regret it!

The waiting time depends on the type of edible you have ingested, the number of cannabinoids it contains, the condition of your stomach (have you eaten or are you on an empty stomach?), your tolerance to the active ingredients, and finally, your metabolism.

This is why you should not, if you have feasted, base your considerations – and any consequent actions – too much on the effect you see in your friends or that they report to you!

As I told you, it is all very subjective, except for the overly sedative effect you might run into if you overdo it. While it is true that there is no such thing as a THC overdose, it is equally valid that overdoing it will give you an adventure that is anything but pleasant.

Getting back to the effects, the high will come on slowly but last for at least four hours, peaking around two hours after being taken, giving you a powerful, psychedelic high.

But how are edibles prepared at home?

If you have a keen eye, you will not have missed when I mentioned homemade edibles earlier.

I bet I piqued your curiosity. In that case, get ready to take notes because I will share two essential recipes for the home preparation of cannabis products.

These are “cannaburra” or cannabutter and canna-oil, two indispensable allies for those who, like you, may have decided to try some unique recipes at home. All you need is your favourite inflorescences and some ordinary cooking butter or olive oil (or whatever you prefer).

So how do you prepare the cannaburra? Simpler than you think. 

  1. First, you have to subject your marijuana flowers to a special process known as decarboxylation.
  2. You will have to chop your buds and bake them for about 30 minutes at 120° C.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of water to a boil, in which you will melt the butter. Add your flower powder and reduce the heat to a minimum when it has melted. Simmer until almost all the water has evaporated, at which point, let it cool down.
  4. Now, all you have to do is strain your cannaburra and place it in the fridge.

And to prepare the canna oil?

  1. The first step is identical to that for preparing marijuana butter. Again, you have to decarboxilise your buds.
  2. Now add the inflorescence powder to your chosen oil, and make sure you use a glass jar.
  3. You have to cook your jar in a bain-marie for about an hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Now strain the oil to remove the vegetable residue and indulge in your favourite dishes!

So, in summary, what are edibles?

By this term, we mean all those edible cannabis products.

Their consumption allows you to enjoy the effects of marijuana by eliminating the burning phase, which, as you may know, is a significant risk factor associated with cannabis consumption.

The effect will take longer to be felt than the reaction time required if you choose to smoke a joint or use a vaporizer, but it will be far more powerful and long-lasting.

If you too would like to try this new experience and the country you live in allows it, you can choose to buy packaged products or make your cannabis edibles at home.

The most popular is undoubtedly the common baked goods, such as brownies and biscuits, but if you create your butter or flavoured oil, you can let your imagination run wild and explore endless recipes!

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